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Start date: 01/09/2019 - SGS Stroud
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year

Day(s): Various
Course length: 1 year
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma
Code: 117935
Cost: N/A

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Level 3 Theatrical and Media Make-Up

Full time course


The Level 3 Diploma in Fashion, Theatre and Media Hair and Make-Up Studies is a specialist vocational qualification for both men and women. If you have an artistic nature and a love of the theatrical, this course will equip you with industry knowledge, understanding and skills; developing highly proficient professional make-up and hair artists, specialising in theatrical and special effects makeup, including prosthetics.

What will I study?

This course covers a broad range of subjects including:

  • Fashion photographic make-up
  • Media make-up
  • Camouflage make-up
  • Airbrush make-up
  • Apply prosthetic pieces and bald caps
  • Face and body art
  • Fantasy hair design for performers

Maths and English:

You will be given the opportunity to improve and advance your skills in both subjects, enabling you to progress in your studies or career. For students who have a GCSE grade D or below in Maths, you will work to improve yourgrade alongside your course. You will study at a level suited to your knowledge and understanding.

Additional Qualifications:

At an extra cost and your tutor's discretion, there may be opportunities to increase your skills and gain extra qualifications throughout your programme relevant to the industry.

Work Experience:

It is recommended that you gain work experience in this area, through voluntary work or part-time employment, to give you greater insight into the industry. You will also be involved behind the scenes on SWADA productions within the College.


From this course you can gain freelance employment working in the theatre, TV and film and photographic work. Other career paths include work with fashion and cosmetic companies as promotional make-up artists.

What do I need to join?

GCSE Grade C in English.

Those progressing from Level 2 Hair and Media Make-Up Diploma or other related discipline will require a tutor references on performance, attitude and attendance over 90%.

Successful applicants must have a genuine passion and creative flair for make-up artistry. Applications are welcomed from candidates who have successfully completed a level 2 qualification in Art and Design or related discipline; including those who have AS/A level qualifications in an art or a design based subject. You should demonstrate a genuine interest in theatrical and media make-up and hair. Life experience will be considered for mature applicants.

How long is the course?

1 year, approximately 3 days per week.

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of practical sessions in a salon/make-up studio environment and classroom based lectures teaching underpinning knowledge.

How will I know how I am doing?

You will be assessed through observation of practical assessments, assignments and examinations. Experienced tutors will closely monitor and guide you through techniques to ensure you are meeting and exceeding industry standards. You will have personal one-to-one tutorials to review your progress regularly.

Are there any extra costs?

Material fees will be due at enrolment. There will be extra costs for kit and optional trips. As previously mentioned, there may be costs for any additional courses you choose to do.

What can I do next?

You may go on to do a Foundation Degree in Media Make-up.

What are my career options?

This qualification is most suited to learners who wish to progress into working industry as a Media, Hair and Make-up Artist.

Dates & Costs

Level 3 Theatrical and Media Make-Up

Start date: 01/09/2019
End date: 31/07/2020
Duration: 1 year
Course length: 1 year
Time(s): tbc
Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma
Code: 117935
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Tuition Fees

Between the ages of 16-18 you do not need to pay tuition or exam fees for your course. If you are between the ages of 19 and 23 and have not achieved a full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification before, you will not need to pay tuition, exam or material fees using the Level 2 or 3 Entitlement. If you are aged 19 or over, studying a Level 3-6 and a Level 3 Entitlement does not apply, you will need to pay the full cost of the course. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the fees. Please contact the College directly for the most up to date fees – these may be subject to change.

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